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Only 2 Days Until Our Christmas Cabin!

Our ‘really big show’ is coming up this weekend.

3 FRENCH HENS HOLIDAY MARKET

MORRIS, ILLINOIS

Look at the fantastic flyer that Stacey, of Kismet Junk, designed for us!

cabin christmas flyer re-do

I’ve been really excited, preparing for said-same.

Tonight I’m tired + realizing I’m not as young as I once was,

especially that one year when I did 12 shows

in addition to having my old retail store, Heart-in-Hand.

Omigosh, now that I think about it — that was exactly 20 years ago!

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But back from memory lane — I’m glad it’s TODAY —

because now, for inspiration, all I have to do is head to Pinterest!

I’ve been busily re-pinning lots of photos

that evoke a ‘cabin Christmas’:

cabin christmas -- tree in bucket

Sorry — didn’t get the source!

Seems that vintage metal trucks are all the rage online,

+ I’m loving the red + white license plates.

karnushus.blogspot.com

karnushus.blogspot.com

Wish I could get my hands on some ‘scrawny’ trees like these.

Who doesn’t love an urn (or 3)?

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sixtyfifthavenue.blogspot.com

I’ll have some similar glass pinecone ornaments to sell.

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theprimitivecountrybug.blogspot.com

I’ll also have a vintage white watering can with a faded, red stripe at the show . . .

. . . and G.O. dutifully gathered fresh greens from his brother’s farm today,

so my can will be tricked out in a similar fashion!

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Martha Stewart’s Anvil Gray

Speaking of G.O. — on Sunday afternoon he re-painted some screens

that were in my booth, back in the good, ol’ days.

They’ll be making quite the statement this weekend,

as they’re marching across the back of our Cabin Christmas booth.

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Fingers crossed,

 he can somehow hook up these awesome red industrial lights, too.

(I know he can — I’m so excited to see them in use!)

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sjarmerendejul.blogspot.com

Wish I had a few dozen old baskets like this.

And some ginormous pine cones, too, please?

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bymildred.blogspot.com

Talk about your inspiration!

do have lots of old boxes to sell, + I have been making white with red pillows.

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I prefer simplicity + not-too-Christmas-y when I decorate

 so I think these pillows fit the bill.

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That red cross makes the pillows look a little like Christmas presents, doesn’t it?

Here’s something similar of the rectangular persuasion:

cross pillow

Right now, they’re listed in my etsy shop . . .

https://www.etsy.com/listing/167229633/modern-red-and-white-swiss-cross?

. . . but of course, come Friday, they’ll be in our booth.

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Here’s a look-see at some of my other Christmas Cabin projects:

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These boards were the original porch floor of our Dutch colonial fixer-upper.

Who knew? — that a long-ago owner of our house would love the color red, too!

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Everything is vintage here — the chair, the slipcover, buttons + ticking fabric.

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Wish I had dozens of neat buttons with words on them, like this one.

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This vintage ticking stripe material is from an old cot cover.

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Towels!

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I think I’ll have about 5 chairs at this show,

including this one, which is a ‘tad’ different than what I usually make:

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It’s an old folding chair from the Moose Lodge, + I’ve added a chevron pattern.

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I think it’s fresh + modern.

So, is there a chance you’ll make it to our show?

I’d love it if you stopped by + said “HI!”


FURNITURE FLIPPING FUN

The other day I found a cool blog about flipping furniture.

FURNITURE FLIPPIN’

Who knew?

http://www.furnitureflippin.com/

Here’s Stephanie, the blogger.

Isn’t she pretty?  And she’s funny, too!

furniture flippin stephanie

Turns out the particular post I read

featured ReFabulous Interiors —  the business of a gal that I know!

Her name is Becky, + she’s just as nice as she is pretty:

becky

Fun factoids:

1. Becky was a 7th grade art student of mine, the last year I taught!

2. Her mom, Dawn, used to shop in my old retail store,

the late, great Heart-in-Hand in Oregon, Illinois.

3. Dawn’s an avid Atlanta Braves fan,

+ her team + mine just might meet in the postseason this year!

Go Cardinals!

Go Cardinals!

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Oh, dear.  I digress, majorly.

Shall we get back to Becky + ReFabulous Interiors?

Let’s see some of the magic she works on plain Jane furniture:

chair becky monster face

Before

chairs -- becky

After

Go have a look-see at Becky’s website:

http://www.refabulousinteriors.com/

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Anyway, all these groovy projects had me feeling nostalgic

about all the chairs that I used to flip!

One of my favorites! Painted a pretty neutral color Upholstered with canvas on which I stenciled a Frenchie stripe

One of my favorites!
Painted a pretty neutral color,
upholstered with canvas on to which I stenciled a Frenchie stripe

Here’s the chair that started my chair flipping “career”:

chair -- original greens

I loved the patina of the old, green paint!

Actually, this was one of a set of 4 dark green, metal folding chairs

that I found in an antiques shop in my hometown.

Those 4 chairs turned into my first numbered series —

+ our (meaning: G.O.’s) first attempt at upholstering with my stenciled fabric!

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Poor G.O. — I have to find another photo op!

He’s actually very talented at upholstery!

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Here are some of our other upholstered chair flips:

Frenchie café chair with Frenchie striped upholstery. This was during our upholstery tack era.

Frenchie café chair
with Frenchie striped upholstery.
This was done
during our upholstery tack era.

Woven Frenchie stripes this time,  with yet more upholstery tacks.

Woven Frenchie stripes this time,
on some wonderful vintage fabric,
with yet more upholstery tacks.

Still in our Frenchie phase. I love this chair's simple ladderback design!

Still in our Frenchie phase.
I love this chair’s simple ladderback design
+ warm wood tones!

What a cute footstool, with more of my stenciled fabric!

What a cute footstool,
with more of my stenciled fabric!

Now we’ve left France + are headed into Industrial Land:

Loved this industrial stool with its Swiss Army blanket upholstery + Swiss cross!

Loved this stool
with its Swiss Army blanket upholstery
+ Swiss cross!

Another rolling stool, this time with a red + white cross + a Frenchie dish towel slipcover!

Another industrial stool,
this time with a red + white cross
+ an awesome vintage dish towel slipcover!

I am such a fan of slipcovering old chairs.

Here are some of my favorite flips, featuring slips!

Tan ticking stripe cotton chair pad + trimming the canvas slipcover.

Tan ticking stripe cotton chair pad
+ trim on the cute canvas slipcover.

I love the vintage floral fabric  used on this child's rocker!

I love the vintage floral fabric
that I used on this child’s rocker!

How sassy are these stadium seats? I used genuine Army tent fabric + vintage buttons!

How sassy are these stadium seats?
I used genuine Army tent fabric, blue ticking stripe cotton
+ vintage buttons!

Well, that was fun!

I still have some chairs in storage,

awaiting their makeovers, including one just like this:

chair -- folding wood with blue striped pad

Thanks for viewing all my projects-from-the-past,

+ stay tuned to see if I’ve been inspired

to get back to chair flipping!


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